A company called Farm Power Northwest is building two new methane digesters in Tillamook that will turn dairy cow poop into power. One will start up next month, taking manure from cows on five dairies and turning it into 1 megawatt of electricity – enough to power about 700 homes for a year. The second, yet to be built, will use the manure from one farm to produce 750 kilowatts of electricity –enough to power about 500 homes a year.*
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